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Saison De Peche - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Saison De Peche
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92
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name refers to the "season of peach". This brew IS NOT a saison (as in the style) with peaches.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-05-2005)
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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And its back. SGB's peach fruit beer that was MIA last year due to an unfavorable peach harvest. Poured from a growler into a couple goblets and shared with the family. It appears a hazed golden orange with a white frothy cap that is quick to fade (just like the other SGB fruit offerings.) Faint patchy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger of bubbles back to the surface.

The smell is strikingly strong with a spice of clove. Peach juice with earthy quality like grass and yeast mixes with a touch of alcohol. The fruit is certainly there in the nose with a complenting complexity brought forth by a yeastiness that is similar to their triple.

The taste includes spices similar to clove coupled with fresh juicy peaches. It integrates with a mild earthiness and tart wheat flavor. More sips bring out a tartness similar to peaches that arnt quite ripe enough while other sips are contrastingly sweet and seemingly over-ripe to caramelized. There is a minor herbal hop touch with some fusel tinges of alcohol and lots of yeasty quality filling the void and confirming this as a fruited beer.

This is a heavier side of medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is creamy smooth and nicely drinkable. I really enjoyed the layering of peach flavors here but found myself distracted a bit by the clove which seemed over-done and out of place. This was long awaited for me as it was not available last year and I missed it the year before. Has it really been 3 years since I last tasted this? Ouch.

stakem, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of robieobie1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

robieobie1, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of jtrockchalk
3/5  rDev -28.4%

jtrockchalk, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours hazy pale yellow. a small white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. peach. white bread and cracker. caramel. light alcohol. bit of apple. honey. a bit earthy.

taste is good. sweet. peach. white bread and cracker. caramel. bit of apple. light earthy character. pretty much zero alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. light body. just above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. a bit sweet, but it shows almost zero alcohol aside from a hint of warmth. good stuff!

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample poured from growner into Rodenbach glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Peaches (duh!), pale malt, a hint of spice...brown sugar perhaps if not cinnamon.

Taste: Same as the nose with the peaches dominating.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The peach has so much presence but isn't overly sweet at all.

koopa, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Selin's a few weeks back.

Pours a somewhat cloudy light apricot color with a white head. Smell is of sweet peaches, very reminiscent of a peach Jolly Rancher with a touch less sweetness. Somewhat one dimensional, but this is one of the things that they do best--great fruit beers that offer up exactly what their name tells you they will. Taste is similar to the nose, although the peach flavor is just a tad bit cloying in these concentrations without much else backing it up. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Very drinkable. Very nice and refreshing during the hotter months.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy peach nectar color; the modest head leaves a bit of lace behind before fading away entirely

Smell: Fresh peach aroma; very aromatic

Taste: Fresh peaches, up front, with a developing orange element; after the swallow, the peach flavor picks it up a notch but the orange bitterness adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better fruit beers I have encountered, yet I wouldn't want to have more than a pint at a sitting; by the way, I think the "saison" in the name is more of a pun than a descriptor of the style as there is nothing Belgian about this beer

brentk56, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this brewing listed on the menu as 6 percent abv

a: served in a chalice, in the dimly lit bar it shows as a golden color becoming amber towards the center, heavily hazed, and sporting a top layer of eggshell white head, great retention and lace

s: intense fresh peach pulp and loads of crusty, bready pale grain, cobbler filling, a slurry of belgian yeast but without any spice output, the base and fruit compliment seamlessly, great play between the peach and yeast while the pale malts push the fruit front-and-center

m: beautifully creamy, a luscious medium body, somewhat slick with peach sugars, and carbonation moderate, composed of tiny, smooth bubbles

t: a body of rich, bready pale grains is enveloped in a coating of peach nectar, bushels of fresh peaches, sugary cobbler with a grainy crust, peachy yeast slurry, a very mild grassiness in the finish, sugars lingering all over with each sip - doesn't bother me one bit, the peach presence here is really something else - it's pure and fresh, showcasing all the best qualities of the fruit with a base beer that works perfectly

d: just delicious, one to savor - but more out of respect than necessity, limited just a bit by the sugary nature

an incredible fruit beer, and one of the few that occupy the same realm as the New Glarus fruits

enjoyed with a Governor sandwich at the brewpub

blackie, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 8-14-10. served in chalice.

A: A cloudy orange pour is highlighted with some brass tones, similar in color to that of those large street vendor pretzels (which I happened to have ordered along with my beer). A seashell white head, slight in statue and retention sits briefly atop before dissipating to a patchy covering. Inside lied a vibrant strong carbonation, quite visible and dominant even in the muddled orange coloring. Though the head was not as impressive, it did cling well to the sides of the glass forming a frothy large band around the perimeter.

S: The nose was slight in strength, composed of light tart tangerines and fresh juicy peaches backed by a dry wheat backing. Slightly dry but soft overall.

T: From the first to the very last sip will have you going wow. Things open up sweetly with some belgain candy and oranges set against a creamy wheat backing. Spicy hops, reminds me of goldings, add a zesty zing along with some fresh wet tropical fruitiness of pineapples, apricots followed by the guest of honor peach juice. Wet luscious peach juice which finished out dry and crisply with a supporting cast of tangerines and some orange liquor on the fade. I really enjoyed the fresh and locally utilized peaches which were perfectly balanced giving you great influences without drowning out other fine qualities it had supporting it.

M: Nice bubbly and creamy mouthful, medium bodied that finishes up with a peach tartness on the tongue. Words simply fail to describe the creamy and luscious body so i'll let the rating speak for itself.

D: As with the flavor, drinkability was very good, damn good. Juicy peaches add to this summertime quencher delivering sweet and fruity notes upfront while finishing up with a dry crisp tartness. This beer literally disappeared in the blink of an eye and can easily be mentioned in the same sentence as other greats per style such as Fantome and Saison du pont. A hefty price of $29 per growler seems steep only before you sample this but well worth it, hell I wouldn't blink at a keg price. A great experience to beat the heat that will leave you cool and refreshed.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk via Duene for this growler. This is a joint review with jtrockchalk.

This beer pours a, Hey, peach jolly rancher amber with very little head. The aroma is, Hey, peach. The flavor is, What, peach. The mouthfeel is light with a crisp, palate cleaning carbonation. Honestly, this is probably the most one dimensional beer we've ever had. All it is is peach. It reminds me of Peach Snapple. All peach no Tea. This is all peach no beer. Peach.

hwwty4, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Cloudy yellow, some head, very lacey. A little too peachy than saison but I am quibling about a nicely drinkable beer. Would have liked more subtly and balance, as per the aroma. Tartness as promised would have been nice too. Tweaked for chicks? Average mouthfeel, awitha drying finish.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this growler from Avalon68 in a recent trade. This will be my first brew from Selin's Grove and I've heard nothing but good things. Plus I love ANYTHING with peaches in it. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet.

Appearance- Pours a hazy peach with a small half finger fizzy head that is bright white and gone before I realize. No cap remains and a super thin collar that isn't manly enough to leave a speck of lacing.
Smell- Peaches. Seriously, I could probably just stop this review right there. Ripe and lightly sweet it's a great, intense peach smell. Maybe light white pepper spiciness as well but the peach is so dominate.
Taste- Starts with some lightly sweet peach flesh and a small yeasty spice. The peach isn't quite as dominate as it is in the nose but it's still really prevalent. Some white pepper spiciness and a bit of ginger sneak in giving the peach of bit of zing. The maltiness is light and biscuity and honestly is just enough to let the peach and spice play.
Mouthfeel- Very light and crisp but not watery with a nice aggressive zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- Man o' man. Not really sure where the Saison part of this beer comes in but I don't care. I'm not the style police nor have I ever been. This is just a freaking good beer. The peach is strong and fresh and just enough spice sneaks in to keep this from just being alcoholic peach juice. Really good stuff. Thanks Frank!

younger35, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, big thanks to Deuane for shooting this my way for my birthday, no questions asked! Best growler packing job I've ever seen, too...

Cracked this one up in the mountains with friends, the general consensus from beer geeks and noobs alike was: "good!" From notes:

A. Pale, unfiltered yellow. Half inch white head falls a bit too fast, leaving no lace, and eventually flattens out entirely, leaving only spots on the surface. No active carbonation present in the beer... then again, this WAS mailed to me from PA.

S. Mmm, peaches! Wet, fresh, semi-sour, a tad bready. Quite peachy, really, these are sweet and juicy and front and center. No Belgian character, spice, or estery complexity... but the peaches are there in spades.

T. Wet, juicy peach all the way. Rather simple (which is not to say not good) and VERY fruit-forward, this is a tasty beer. No real hop character here, just fresh, tart white peach and sugar, perhaps a hint of lemon-funk. The finish is peachy-pit and a perfect blend of tart and sweet, quite refreshing. The whole thing has a sort of kid-like innocence about it and is a bit too approachable, if that makes sense. I think a "real" Saison would be using a different yeast, but then, no one asked me.

M / D. Soft, wet, thin, really tastes like carbonated juice. Quite drinkable, assuming you don't tire of peach.

Selin's Grove has a fine beer here, but I can't help but say that it is misnamed. Peach Saison lacks any real Belgian Saison complexity, and at 5.5% is probably something else entirely. Ultimately, this a wonderful peach beer, but not a good Saison. Still recommended.

kkipple, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam (Akorsak) and Trey (treyrab) for sharing this with one! Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

This beer pours a ruddy light brown with tons of carbonation bubbles lining the glass and no head. It looks alright, though the color is a little bit displeasing.

The smell is of light sweet peach. Really nice, with a decent malt sweetness to back. The taste mirrors the scent very well. Really sweet peach and very malty with almost no hop presence. This beer goes down swell. Really easy drink, could and willing to drink the rest of this growler tonight. The mouthfeel is good for the style, though I would like a little bit more carbonation but I can't blame the brewery for that. Trade for this one!!

CoolJosh, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of treyrab
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is dedicated to AKorsak who was the man this weekend and swapped me this up at Penn State. Thanks Adam!

A: Pours cold from the grolwer into a tulip glass. Light, hazy yellow and peach color with a nice one finger white head that settles down fairly quickly. Carbonation bubbles are smothering the inside of the glass.

S: Smells like a bag of nice peach rings with some dry lemony flavors and slight funk. Overall, the main scent is straight up candied peach. Really nice.

T: Fresh peach juice. The peach is just remarkable, incredibly well done. Not complex here, just straight up peach with some funk on the end and some lemony/citrus flavors as well.

D: Due to the ABV and straightforward flavors, I could drink this all night. May finish the growler tonight as well.

treyrab, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled on 16-Oct-09 at the brewpub.

A: The ale has a difficult to describe color. It's a combination of yellow and brown, lightly golden looking like a tree in Cental PA in mid-October. A haziness pervades the ale, augmenting the color. A finger of white head from the first pour didn't lace. Nothing was conjured up on subsequent pours.

S: The nose is juicy sweet, loaded with fresh peaches. The aroma is nearly drop-dead awesome, dripping with fruit.

T: Much like the nose, peaches really drive the body of the ale. The fruit is sweet and sugary, replenishing what the yeast has taken away. Somewhere in the middle, pale malts add a bready flavor. Peach returns for the finish, a strong dose of pulpy fruit.

M: The mouthfeel is excellent. The peach isn't overbearing even though it defines every aspect of the ale. Possibly the best peach beer I've ever had.

D: Sessionable and delicious, a great one-two punch. Having multiple glasses reinforced how powerful the peach is. A well-made ale. The sweetness does get filling after a few glasses.

akorsak, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Alex for scoring this one for our 5 growler showdown. Poured from growler into Sierra Nevada Pint Glass. Notes from iPhone, so they're not all that good.

A - Dark golden color, mirky, a fingers worth of head with some lacing evident.

S - Lots and lots of peaches with a very small hint of anything Saison-esk.

T - Kinda syrupy peach flavors, very very sweet. Very little, if any, Saison notes.

M - Light bodied, light carbonation, overall nice.

D - Hard to drink much more then a glass...too sweet and too much peach. If it were a little lighter on both, would be much easier to drink.

Sean9689, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tanger for hooking the Chicago crew up with a few Selin's Grove growlers. Served in a NotLA taster glass.

A - One finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a light haze. Not much in the way of lacing. Looks like peach juice - light hazed straw yellow color.

S - Lots of saccharine peach flavor. Not much saison flavor - only the slightest bit of saison here, with a touch of yeast and spice. It's mono-dimensional but delicious.

T - Again, this is like drinking peach juice from concentrate, but with a touch more tartness and yeast to it. As a fruit beer it's pretty awesome (a la New Glarus), but as a Saison it's a little underwhelming. The saison characters do come out a little more as it warms, but it's still very much in the background.

M - Very nectar-like and sticky - almost a medium-bodied juice-like consistency, but with a touch of carbonation. Finish has some light stickiness, but it's not cloying. Very appropriate for what they were trying to do.

D - This would be a pretty refreshing in the summertime, although maybe not as much as a regular Saison, with the thicker mouthfeel and sugary character. Still the ABV is low and I could drink a lot of this one.

Note - just read this isn't a "Saison" - that make sense, as it doesn't taste much like one. Still - it was too one-dimensional for me to bump up the taste/smell scores.

MasterSki, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to FooFaa for sending such a rare treat my way. Growler poured into my DFH snifter produced a short lasting white head that faded away to nothing. The color of the brew was a wonderful hazy peach/orange.

The aroma of peach is right in your face as you bring the snifter to your mouth. As it warms the funk comes out in the smell as well. The flavor is really complex. Yes it fruity, of course it's peach but the tartness of the saison adds a wonderful dimension to the brew. Keeping the sweetness of the peach at bay and making this brew an incredible drinking experience. The feel is my mouth is the light side of medium with a slight carbonation present. Crisp and clean would be a good way to sum it up.

I will have no problem finishing this growler. The alcohol is light enough to drink a couple of these and it is tasty enough to want to. A great brew that I would love to have again.

joepais, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of sholland119
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden with a very thin white head and no lacing.

S-Sweet peaches but not much else really. No real Belgian notes that I can detect.

T-Like carbonated peach juice, with a bit more tartness. Maybe I am getting too hung up on the "saison" part of the beer name but where is the yeasty zing, the spice, the funk or the depth and complexity of flavor?

M-Rather lightly carbonated, moderately dry.

D-A very tasty brew but not at all what I was expecting. SGB is one of my favorite breweries around but this was a let down for me.

HV

sholland119, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy bright golden orange/ripe banana golden yellow color with some clear golden hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy, creamy head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Nice sporadic chunks of soapy lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with some nice spiciness and some subtle bready yeast. Crisp with a peppery presence and sweet crisp peach presence. There is also some other light fruit notes; apple and pear. Not much alcohol in the nose. Slight grass funk with some straw but the peach really shines through without seeming syrupy or cloyingly sweet.

This is surprisingly very full bodied with a MASSIVE amount of sweet cirsp peach flavor that dominates throughout. The body is creamy and there are some funky tart earthy notes as ell as some peppery spice that provide a nice touch but this beer is all peach. Even though the peach flavor dominates, it is a very organic natural flavor and has none of the artificial syrupy sweetness that generally is found in fruit beers. The ABV is completely undetectable, making this beer extremely drinkable. I highly recommend this to fans of New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart.

corby112, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Peachy/orange/amber. Not surprising! No head, no signs of carbonation or lacing.

S: Peach juice. Sweet honey-caramel. Nothing like farmhouse funk, but inviting nonetheless.

T: Much like the nose, this screams juice. Peach + a tart kick + yeast finish = delicious.

M: Juicy, thick, not much carbonation. Real sweet and tart on the tongue. Missing the dry refreshing quality of saison (although the sweet, juicy refreshing quality ain't bad).

D: A unique and top notch brew.

callmemickey, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub in Selinsgrove, served chilled in a goblet.

A - The appearance is of peach juice with a hazy appearance and no head to speak of. The color is like butternut squash flesh

S - Very fruity like a fresh peach nectar was poured in place of a saison. The nose also has slight notes of honey

M - Thick feel like a nectar (again), the texture is slightly sweet w/ a modest amount of carbonation which comes and goes. The feel is kept from cloying territory by the carbonation, however it finishes pretty sweet.

T - A peach nectar in most ways, very slight similarity to a saison other than a light tartness w/ fresh fruit taste throughout. The beer is really un-saison like when it comes down to it with fruit syrup taste and mellow taste of malt. The yeast is clean and is barely noticed until the finish

D - tasty beer, I won't knock it since I love peaches, but the drinkability is less than stellar since it lacks the effervescence to seem refreshing.

Slatetank, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A - Served in goblet at the brewpub. Cloudy yellow with a nice creamy white head. Pretty typical and representative for the style.

S - A nice peach sensation in conjunction with a bready smell.

T - Just about perfect. The peach is not overpoweringly sweet and is delicious. A perfect blend of a peach, bready, and malt sensations. I can't see how they could make this better to be honest.

M - Very nice, not thin and more creamy of a taste.

D - Outstanding.

Another great fruit infused beer by Selinsgrove. As much as the Framboise and Kriek carry the flag, I actually think that this one might be the best of the lot. Make a road trip before this one is gone. You will not be sorry.

Beerisheaven, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick small white head. Aroma of sour peach seeds, Beligian yeast, and lots of pulp (some orange pulp). Flavor is of sweeter peach and peach juice with a touch of orange seed, sugar, wheat malt, whipped cream, and sourness. Natural fruit, not artificially sweet. Similar to DFH Lestina Lente (but better!). This was my favorite beer from Selin's Grove and it is absolutely awesome. Wow, best peach beer there is. I also had this mixed with the Organic Tripel so if you're looking for a less sweet, less peachy version, I would recommend that. Top notch beer. If this was my local brewpub...I would be in heaven. This is worth the trip (especially so if you really like fruit beers).
9/5/10/5/18 (4.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Saison De Peche from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.